The Python programming language is a loosely-typed, open-source language used in a wide range of different applications including scientific data collection and calculation, web-development, and even graphical simulation.
Made available by the Python Software Foundation, Python is powerful, easy to use, and (best of all) completely free.
MATLAB is one of the most widely used environments in industry and is a key tool in projects from the Physics & Engineering Physics Department at Southeast. Produced by MathWorks Inc., MATLAB has countless implementations for data analysis and visualization, and offers an extremely powerful engine for complex math and science problems.
The Physics & Engineering Physics department utilizes Peripheral Interface Controllers or "PIC" microcontrollers made by Microchip Technology Inc. These devices are implemented in classes to perform various data collection tasks and assist in teaching students about interfacing hardware with programmable devices.
Students can make the PIC18f4520 microcontroller function in new ways by using ASSEMBLY or the C-Programming language.
National Instruments Corporation provides scientists and engineers with ways to create imbedded systems, perform data collection and design graphical systems and logic circuits for solving a range of problems both complex and day-to-day.
Their educational hardware and platform provides a hands-on way for our students to interact with the world around them with technology. This connection not only allows students to gain knowledge on electronics and computer systems as well as programming, but explore the depths of the world around them by turning analog life into tangible data.